The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which, Andrew Tonner, technology editor and analyst, and Austin Smith, consumer-goods editor and analyst, discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, they discuss how Telefonica recently cut its dividend and is now 12.8%. This move is indicative of larger weaknesses inside the company. Contrast this trend to AT&T, which recently raised its dividend and is enjoying its role among the dividend aristocrats.

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